We must never forget

We must never forget. Sixteen years ago today, terrorists in a bloody attack on innocents changed not just our nation, but the entire world.

They murdered nearly 3,000 men, women and children as the jet planes they had hijacked were crashed into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, the Pentagon and an empty field near Shankville, Pa.

Donald Trump this morning led a national moment of silence, and families today at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum will read the names of their loved ones lost in the fiery infamy of that day. There will be bells and prayers and tears. People will remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they learned of the attacks.

It was 16 long years ago and today we remain locked in battles around the globe with the latest iterations of the radical Islamist murderers and thugs that rocked the world, murderers and thugs who underscore the very real truth that there is evil in the world and people who not only mean us harm, but mean to destroy us.

We have drawn red lines. We have expended billions of dollars and thousands of American lives in the battles since 9/11. We have been ambivalent. We abandoned the fight, in Iraq, for example, only to be forced to return. American democracy has been shaken to its roots and the world seems a tinderbox.

We, and our Allies, must finish the terrorists, wherever they run, wherever they hide, or our great-grandchildren will be fighting their great-grandchildren and our nation will never be safe.

But today is a day to remember those who got up on that terrible day in September 2001 to live their lives, never realizing they were living their last moments, never realizing that murderous zealots had decided to strike a blow at everything we cherish.

Several years ago on this date we wrote: All these years later, America has changed. Security has become paramount. We have engaged in two wars, though the world seems less safe. Yet, this nation continues, unbeaten, thriving in the face of adversity. Despite it all, this nation has shown a resilience, a strength, a resolve since the cowardly attack on that chaotic day so long ago, that sets it apart. But it also has shown compassion and a willingness to share its dream of a better world.

Not much has changed.

We must never forget.

 

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